So much for the new politics, eh? If the people speak and it doesn’t suit one or other of the Big Two at Westminster, then the people will have made a mistake. Just because the voters state a preference for a different system doesn’t mean the politicians will deign to deliver it.
Labour must rule out any deal with Nationalists because…well, because they want to break up Britain…they’re untrustworthy…abusive…but mostly because they’re Nationalists.
This I gleaned today from a few minutes listening to the BBC who informed me in their Most Important Story of the Day that a former Prime Minister from the Tory Party demands that the current Labour leader publicly opposes an SNP arrangement. This did not surprise me. John Major has the Tory Party’s interests at heart before democracy’s and he suffers from the English supremacist disease of patronising Scots. As Stewart Hosie pointed out, he is happy to urge us to remain in Union so that his nation can effectively boss us, but when we do remain in and use our democratic right to vote for a party he disapproves of, he objects because we might have influence over him and his people.
He is therefore incapable of understanding the country he claims to love. It is a union of nations – a family (copyright BT), so help me – and we bring together all strands of opinion in one parliament which, as democracy dictates and not English snobs, means we have a voice roughly in relation to our representation. Anything else is anti-Unionist.
Major doesn’t want Nationalists in government because they want ‘to break up Britain’. Only that’s not what the Nationalists are saying. As democrats they acknowledge the new reality after the referendum that the people have rejected their offer. It is Major who is not respecting the views of the Scottish voters…voters who want not only to participate in British democracy but to influence it by sending south a significant cohort of SNP members. And did Major miss the irony of resisting Scots having influence over England when his party has a single MP currently dictating policy over Scotland? Again, that to Major is the ‘normal way of things’ but if you try to reverse the equation, it is unacceptable to him and a threat to existence of the country. Hypocrite is as good a word as any – he did after all preach family values while bedding another man’s wife. He really doesn’t understand the meaning of union…
But what piqued my interest was to hear this most unreconstructed British elitist fully supported by another unreconstructed British elitist – Labour MP Ian Davidson. Like two peas in a pod, these long-time parliamentarians shared exactly the same ground of standing up for Britain first in the face of the vile Nationalists.
Tory/Labour. Either/Or. Tweedledum/Tweedledee…different at the edges, distinguished by tone for sure, but in cold reality, locked together in the same anti-progressive, pro-British Unionist kleptocracy.
With no concept of how this sounds in modern Scotland, so called left-winger Davidson sided unequivocally with the right-wing Old Tory Guard against having any SNP influence in a British government. Lack of awareness is a Davidson hallmark – it has to be otherwise he couldn’t possibly continue to behave like a heifer with mad cow disease. But such is the bubble of indifference surrounding him after years of guaranteed re-election that he epitomises Labour’s branch office mentality.
‘We prefer the Tories’ is what Labour proclaimed during the indyref and here it is again, repeated even unto the void, the suicide mantra of nonchalance.
Davidson was spitting the kind of barely-controlled hatred you hear on the football terracing which, conversely brought to mind the words of his leader (whom I’m sure he admires greatly). This is Jim Murphy on his election: ‘Know this: I share far more with many of you who voted yes than I do with some of the political leaders who campaigned for No.Together we have a common aim – a better, fairer Scotland.
We disagreed on one vote but we have so many common values. We are united by so much. A Yes or No vote doesn’t divide us now. They can unite us.’
Yet strangley, Davidson said the SNP was untrustworthy, the cybernats poured abuse on opponents and there should be no deal of any kind. This is odd for a few reasons. First, it is clearly the opposite of Murphy’s pitch because, while that was mostly aimed at Labour voters who went Yes, it is now clear that many more ‘Labour people’ are preparing to vote SNP and therefore Davidson is alienating them at just the wrong time.
Even the detail of this most vituperative of MPs doesn’t work – complaining about abuse…Should we forget the bayonetting of the wounded? Or the rank idiocy of rejecting a party opening a door to one of his supposed sacred objectives – the removal of Trident? Davidson clearly prefers to save his seat than to achieve a nuclear free Scotland…some principle.
But the overriding message is the most damaging. Davidson and those other panicked Labour backwoodsmen are rejecting not just the SNP but the huge numbers of Scots voting for them, telling them they don’t care how they vote. Unless they vote Labour, they don’t count. And finally the coup de grace – he prefers to see a Tory government than to work with the SNP.
Even if the majority of Scots return Nationalists, Davidson will spurn them and wave in a Tory government. Can you imagine the damage that would do while Labour remained impotent and a phalanx of SNP members sat unused as Cameron and Osborne pursued their deeper cuts? Does he think what remains of Scottish Labour will survive that debacle? To use Davidson’s own phrasebook, this would be self- disembowelment.
And I don’t believe it. This is pre-election hyperbole to frighten Labour voters. When the die is cast, Labour will be duty bound to form a government, if it can – it’s own people will demand it and remember, many of them prefer the SNP’s ideas on key issues to Miliband’s. It is inconceivable that Labour would reject the option of a stable administration which could be established simply by completing earlier the inevitable devolution of powers for Home Rule – for which they would be congratulated in Scotland. Delaying the renewal of Trident – or re-examining the whole issue of the nuclear arsenal – would delight many Labour voters.
The truth is that Labour MPs have nothing left to throw but the scare of more Tories, but in pretending to reject an SNP deal, they only make that event more likely.by